What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State will make its fourth postseason appearance in six years when it opens the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
* Head coach Ron Hunter is 6-1 in games played in the state of Texas since taking over the Panthers six years ago.
* Wednesday's game will air live on Facebook Live. It can also be heard on the Georgia State Radio Network, including 680 The Fan.
ATLANTA-Georgia State will begin its fourth postseason appearance in six years on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET facing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Dugan Wellness Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. It will mark the second time in school history playing in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Georgia State (20-12) enters as the No. 4 seed of 26 teams that qualified for the event. The Panthers are 1-1 in the CIT after appearing in the 2012 version of the event and earning a win over Tennessee Tech.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (20-11) is making its fourth-straight appearance in the CIT after falling in the Southland Conference tournament final on Saturday.
Wednesday’s contest can be heard live on 680 The Fan/93.7 FM, 1340 The Fan 3/103.7 FM and WRAS-FM 88.5 with Dave Cohen, now in his 34th year as the Voice of the Panthers, being joined by 680 The Fan’s Brandon Leak. The game will be streamed on Facebook Live through Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Facebook page. The CIT and Facebook Live have partnered together to bring each of the 2017 contests to the social media platform. Live statistics and live audio will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and on most mobile devices.
“We had a good practice on Monday and our guys are excited to continue to play,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “Not everyone gets to play in postseason basketball and this is another step in the process of what we are trying to build at Georgia State. Our goal now is to win a CIT Championship.”
Senior Jeremy Hollowell, who earned All-Sun Belt Second Team honors, has been the Panthers’ leader all year averaging 15.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He has grabbed double-doubles in two of the last three games, pulling down a career-high 14 rebounds against Louisiana last week.
He scored the 1,000th point of his career at Troy earlier this year and now has 936 points in a Georgia State uniform, ranked No. 23 in school history.
D’Marcus Simonds earned Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors and All-Sun Belt Third Team recognition last week. He has averaged 13.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor this season.
Senior Willie Clayton also joined the 1,000 career point club a few weeks ago. He is currently one of just 12 active NCAA players to record at least 1,000 career points and 900 career rebounds. Clayton is averaging 6.2 points and 7.2 rebounds this season.
Senior Isaiah Dennis has finished his career strong, averaging 4.9 points and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 61.4 percent from the floor. He enters the postseason having been a part of 86 wins, just one shy of the best four-year stretch in program history.
- Georgia State is No. 48 in the NCAA with 47.0 field goal percentage and No. 39 with a 40.9 field goal percentage defense.
- Georgia State is 3-6 all-time in postseason tournaments (NCAA, 2-3; NIT, 0-2; CIT, 1-1)
- Senior Willie Clayton has 910 career rebounds, ranked No. 12 in the NCAA among all active players.
- In six years as the head coach for the Panthers, Ron Hunter is responsible for four of the six most successful seasons in program history.
Georgia State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi have met once before at the Dr Pepper Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 2010, where the Panthers claimed a 72-42 win.
This will mark Georgia State’s seventh all-time appearance in postseason play. The Panthers have appeared in three NCAA tournaments, earning a pair of wins, along with two NIT appearances.
The CIT utilizes the old NIT format in which there is no set bracket. Future opponents and sites are determined following each round. All games in the CIT are played on campus sites with the tournament running thru March 31.
• Georgia State will make the seventh postseason appearance in program history and second in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
• The Panthers own a 3-6 record all-time in postseason play, including a 1-1 mark in the CIT.
• In the Panthers last CIT appearance, the Panthers earned a 74-43 win over Tennessee Tech in the GSU Sports Arena before falling at Mercer 64-59.
• Georgia State won its only meeting ever with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a 72-42 victory in the Dr Pepper Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 2010.
• Georgia State went 5-6 against teams that qualified for the postseason this year, including a 1-0 mark against teams in the CIT.
• GSU finished the regular season as the runner-up in the Sun Belt Conference with a 12-6 record.
• Georgia State has won 20 or more games in four of the last six seasons.
• Head coach Ron Hunter has led the Panthers for six years and is responsible for four of the seven most successful seasons in program history.
• D’Marcus Simonds earned Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors last Monday. R.J. Hunter (CAA) is the only other GSU player to earn freshman honors.
• Hollowell (2nd Team) and Simonds (3rd Team) both earned All-Sun Belt recognition last Monday.
• Jeremy Hollowell has recorded double-doubles in two of the last three games, setting career-highs in rebounds in each game (14 vs. Louisiana).
• Since rejoining the Sun Belt, GSU is 53-23 in conference regular season games, the most wins of any school in the league.
• In late January/early February, GSU won eight-straight games which is tied for the third-longest streak in program history.
• Willie Clayton is one of just 12 active players in the NCAA with 1,000+ points and 900+ rebounds.
• Ironically another of those 12 players, Rashawn Thomas, plays for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
• Isaiah Dennis has been a part of 86 wins at GSU, second-most in program history.
• Jeremy Hollowell scored his 1,000th career point at Troy on Jan. 28. He has scored 936 points at GSU which is ranked No. 23 in program history.
• Ron Hunter enters play with 123 wins at GSU, the most in program history.
• Freshman D’Marcus Simonds was named MVP of the Cancun Challenge in November.
• Georgia State is 83-39 (.680) since Dec. 14, 2013.